Monthly Archives: June 2012

6 Key Factors Determine Employers’ Likelihood to Pursue Alternate Healthcare Coverage for Employees

Almost 50 percent of employers might pursue alternate methods of employee healthcare coverage, including defined contributions, vouchers, exchange purchasing or cutting coverage altogether, according to a study from J.D. Power and Associates. Researchers found that six key factors played a … finish reading 6 Key Factors Determine Employers’ Likelihood to Pursue Alternate Healthcare Coverage for Employees

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Case Managers Positively Impact Patient Experience and Satisfaction

Case managers continue to positively impact healthcare delivery. According to 19 percent of respondents to our recent survey on improving patient experience and satisfaction who said that case managers were primarily responsible for this area of care, 90 percent said … finish reading Case Managers Positively Impact Patient Experience and Satisfaction

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Healthcare 80/20 Law Saves Consumers Over $1 Billion

Nearly 13 million Americans will benefit from $1.1 billion in rebates this summer from insurance companies if they fail to meet a previously established 80/20 rule of spending. The rebates will amount to an average of $151 for each family … finish reading Healthcare 80/20 Law Saves Consumers Over $1 Billion

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Pharmacist-Led Training and Counseling Improves Diabetics’ Medication Adherence by 24 Percent

Diabetics receiving self-injection training and counseling by pharmacists were 24 percent more likely to be medication adherent, according to a new study from Walgreens. The study evaluated Walgreens’ first nationwide training program for diabetic patients prescribed a self-injectable diabetes medication. … finish reading Pharmacist-Led Training and Counseling Improves Diabetics’ Medication Adherence by 24 Percent

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1 out of 5 Medicare and Medicaid-Eligible Professionals Received Incentive Payments for Using EHRs: CMS

More than 110,000 healthcare providers are being reimbursed for using EHRs that meet federal standards, according to the CMS. Meeting and surpassing a goal set just three months ago, the CMS announced that more than 110,000 eligible healthcare professionals and … finish reading 1 out of 5 Medicare and Medicaid-Eligible Professionals Received Incentive Payments for Using EHRs: CMS

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Millions of Young Adults Stayed on, Joined Parents’ Health Plans in 2011

In 2011, 13.7 million young adults ages 19 to 25 stayed on or joined their parents’ health plans, including 6.6 million who would likely not have been able to do so before passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to … finish reading Millions of Young Adults Stayed on, Joined Parents’ Health Plans in 2011

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Joint Contracting Key Component of Clinical Integration Program

Joint contracting is the ‘glue’ that keeps the Advocate Physician Partners (APP) clinical integration program together, explains Mark Shields, MD, MBA, APP senior medical director and vice president of medical management for Advocate Health Care. To put together our clinical … finish reading Joint Contracting Key Component of Clinical Integration Program

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7-Step Action Plan Promotes Prevention, Wellness: HHS

Clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe work sites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes are the first steps in a national prevention strategy plan aimed at making Americans healthier. Currently, chronic diseases and conditions … finish reading 7-Step Action Plan Promotes Prevention, Wellness: HHS

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Specialized Hospital Care for Elderly Patients Could Save United States $6 Billion a Year

Creating specialized hospital units for elderly people with acute medical illness could reduce national healthcare costs by as much $6 billion a year, according to a new study by UCSF researchers published in Health Affairs. Researchers assessed a program called … finish reading Specialized Hospital Care for Elderly Patients Could Save United States $6 Billion a Year

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New Market Data: Number of ACOs Doubles in 12 Months; Model Will Survive Supreme Court Challenge

Accountable care organizations will survive even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, according to new market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. ACO activity has doubled in the last year, according to new data compiled … finish reading New Market Data: Number of ACOs Doubles in 12 Months; Model Will Survive Supreme Court Challenge

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